I have recently taken on the role of Clinical Leadership Fellow at the Improvement Academy; much of my first weeks in the organisation have been observing - seeing different situations for the first time with a fresh pair of eyes. Of course it isn't the whole picture, and fails to account for a rich background of which I have had no awareness. And yet that first perspective is of value, because it sees the situation as it is presented - not as it wants to be, should be, or could have been. This is a view easily lost from within.
The UKIA Autumn Meeting was held a few weeks ago, and I was delighted to have the opportunity to attend, and learn more about the UKIA, its member bodies and its plans. There were nine organisations represented at the meeting, and two main areas of conversation over the course of the day: the sharing as a community of practice, and the possibilities for actively seeking collaboration as an alliance.
It became apparent through the day's discussions that these two conversations closely align: in sharing the strengths and weaknesses of the member organisations the benefits of collaboration were highlighted. In hearing the recurrent concerns from many member organisations, the strength of a collective voice to raise those concerns became further understood. There was also unanimous agreement that the door of the UKIA should be open to other organisations who share the alliance's values and a desire to participate in the community. It is looking to hold a national event in the coming months to share further with interested organisations.
It was exciting to hear about the work that the alliance are looking to take on. From an outsider's view, it seemed like a natural progression from the excellent work the member bodies are already doing based on their experience and expertise. During my tenure at the Improvement Academy I am looking forward to being a part of the next steps of this journey. Whilst I develop further insight and understanding into the UKIA my perspective will change; however my 'fresh eyes' view of the UKIA has given me an excitement for the possibilities ahead.